French PM: If Jews Leave, ‘France Will No Longer Be France’
“If 100,000 French people of Spanish origin were to leave, I would never say that France is not France anymore. But if 100,000 Jews leave, France will no longer be France. The French Republic will be judged a failure,” French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Sunday ahead of a memorial rally in honor of those killed in France in recent days.
He made the comments in an interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffery Goldberg as world leaders descended on Paris for a march in honor of the victims of this week’s Islamist militant attacks, which saw seventeen people, including journalists and policemen, die in three days of violence that began with a shooting attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday and ended with a hostage-taking at a kosher supermarket on Friday. The three gunmen were also killed.